I think this is pretty big news and another huge win for MSFS. The lead engineer of IL-2 Sturmovik, Andrey (An.Petrovich) Solomykin, has joined the MSFS team: Lead engineer departs Great Battles team (updated) – Stormbirds
A lot of flight simmers have commented how IL-2 Sturmovik has a very good flight model so I don’t doubt that Andrey Solomykin can help enhance MSFS’s flight model even more. IMO, MSFS already has a very good flight model, as Easyjetsimpilot, a real life pilot and popular flight sim Youtuber has said, based on this comparison video of MSFS’s flight model.
I think Andrey Solomykin can probably bring MSFS’s flight model to a whole new level that has never been seen in a flight sim before. At the end of the day, it’s nice that MSFS has a big budget, because that big budget can make a huge difference in cases in getting talent like Andrey Solomykin and talent like Working Title . On the other hand, the budget of MSFS’s competition is so poor, they can’t even do ground textures right
A few words from Andrey Solomykin on his move to MSFS:
So history, in a sense, is cyclical. I see that some of you have already figured it out, and it was not a big secret anyway, that yes, I moved to Asobo, and I will work on MSFS.
Over the years, the subject of my main interest has always been and remains flight itself, its swiftness or, conversely, quiet lightness, its grace, freedom of movement in three-dimensional space, perfection of aviation technology and bewitching beauty of the surrounding world - whether it is dizzying and stunning with its energy aerobatics in a fighter, or the art of soaring in a hang glider among mountains and clouds, alone with nature.
Anyways, I wish Andrey Solomykin the best of luck, and I can’t wait to see how his work benefits MSFS, like Working Title’s work has really started to show in MSFS.